Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News Release Archive

April 16, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold developed his famous Land Ethic, which had as its foundation one of Iowa’s richest resources, the soil. In the same spirit, Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, encourages Iowans to follow advice...

April 8, 2015
AMES, Iowa –The Leopold Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors those whose work demonstrates commitment to the sustainability of Iowa’s family farms. Individuals may apply for the Spencer Award or nominate others. Nomination...

April 1, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Two conservation leaders have joined the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education center at Iowa State University. The new members are Cathy Kling, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State...

March 31, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of five recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Topics included the effects of biochar and nitrogen applications on perennial plant ecosystems, mob grazing of beef cattle,...

March 12, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Manhattan’s Blue Hill restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, will speak at Iowa State University on a topic he knows very well: food. Barber is the author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future...

March 3, 2015
AMES, Iowa – The first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa shows that food hubs play a significant role in the state’s local and regional food economy. Thirteen food hubs purchased $4.5 million in food from more than 450 Iowa farmers and supported 58 jobs.

February 24, 2015
AMES, Iowa –  The eighth annual “Ames Reads Leopold” event will celebrate the conservation legacy of Iowa native Aldo Leopold with a screening of the Emmy award winning documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time and with readings that characterize...

February 23, 2015
NOTE: Recent developments at the Eastern Iowa Airport near Cedar Rapids highlight two projects that have received significant support from the Leopold Center: production of sustainable biomass and prairie conservation STRIPS. The Leopold Center is pleased to see these projects get “on the...

February 13, 2015
AMES, Iowa – With spring just around the corner, Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa.

February 10, 2015
AMES, Iowa – More than 1,000 Iowans were surveyed to learn more about their expectations for agriculture and concerns about environmental quality. The random sample survey found that not only do Iowans support targeted approaches for multiple-benefit agriculture, they are willing to pay for...

February 2, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University Agricultural Law Center released information in January about their research project regarding non-operator land owners and tenant farmers facing extreme weather. The research provides a qualitative look at how land owners and farmers need to work...

January 22, 2015
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 17 innovative research and demonstration projects that promise to move agricultural production toward greater sustainability while improving Iowa’s soil and water resources.

January 9, 2015
Melody Bro joins the staff at Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to increase outreach to women in rural Iowa. She will coordinate the Women, Land and Legacy program, where local groups of women hold ongoing meetings covering topics from farm management to conservation.

January 5, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Sustainable agriculture is an eternal “balancing act.” The new annual report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture located at Iowa State University shows how the Center nimbly keeps juggling agriculture hot topics from aquaponics to yurts.